Media release courtesy of Premier of Victoria
The Andrews Labor Government is backing community sport volunteers to get involved with the sports they love.
Volunteers were overnight celebrated with a thank you event at the MCG to recognise their outstanding contributions while it was also announced that more than $225,000 will be invested in a new Sport Volunteer Support partnership with Vicsport.
The state’s peak body for sport will engage volunteers and industry experts to develop videos and interactive materials focusing on recruitment, retention and recognition.
“Grassroots clubs wouldn’t be the same without their volunteers and that’s why we’re supporting them with the resources they need so more people can get involved with the sports they love,” said Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence.
“After a challenging couple of years, it’s important to recognise the important role of volunteers and ensuring even more get involved with their local clubs.”
The plan is being designed in bid to encourage and support more volunteers to get involved with community sport clubs and associations as they rebuild following seasons disrupted by the pandemic.
Volunteers are the backbone of community sport, with an estimated 738,000 Victorians currently volunteering their time at clubs and associations.
In 2020 more than 3 million Australians donated their time and energy to community sport clubs, contributing up to $4 billion in economic, social and cultural benefits.